Which do you prefer and why? I've heard from others that they're the same difficulty-wise, but for some reason I find tails terrifying and lip fairly easy... anyone have any tips to make tails easier/less scary?
Tails over is harder because you're blind the entire time, I think they're more fun, but if you don't get the pop right there's no way out, you pretty much always catch your tail on the rail and get flipped over the rail (or onto the rail). Switch Toes (Lip) is easier cause you can spot the rail the whole time and it's more of a natural pop and there is a way out if you come up short on the pop. I think tails over just looks smoother and more natural than toes over, personally.
i've heard a couple people say this, i just try to stagger my stance as much as possible to see as much as i can, then on the pop look for the end of the rail and lift your heels as much as possible. gets you to land balanced and looking to where your going, but if you freak out and try to see where your landing on the rail too early its gonna put your heels into the rail because you'll spin too soon.
Switch Tails you look over your outside shoulder...so if you slide right foot forward, you approach from the left side of the rail (well, left side if you were going forward, so it's the right side going switch), looking over your right shoulder. So you're looking over the shoulder farthest from the rail.
Switch Toes is the opposite, looking over the shoulder closest to the rail.
Switch tails was the hardest trick for me to learn. Took 2 days of hiking a down corrugated trying it every hit to finally get it. I have both ways, I can switch lip onto pretty much anything. Tails is definitely terrifying, but they are both equal as far as difficulty for me (I haven't down tails on too many features). I want to get full switch runs in next year getting tails and lip onto every feature.
Switch hits are alot more fun in general.
"I thought you had crowbars?"
"LOL crowbars, what is this, 2007?"
yeah, i'm not 100% confident with hitting stuff switch, though I'm getting there with sw lip, and it's just like doing a trick off a rail versus just straight sliding it. It's more challenge, and more reward when you do it.